Marianne Bluger, The Eternities

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Marianne Bluger (1945-2005) was born in Ottawa and graduated from McGill. She raised two children as a single parent. For twenty-five years she was administrator of the Canadian Writers’ Foundation. She also co-founded the Tabitha Foundation (to support the people of Cambodia) and Christians Against Apartheid. She published 11 books of poetry.


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Marianne posthumously contributed to Poetry as Liturgy (2007).


“for concentrated lyric effects, formal acuity, sharply delineated phrasing and statement, this is just plain good poetry” (Jeffrey Donaldson, University of Toronto Quarterly)

“It is difficult to single out any weakness in The Eternities” (Jesse Ferguson, Bywords).

“this collection of poems speaks to the power of love, remembrance, and hope’s regenerative power in the face of the remembered horror of the Holocaust . . . Bluger’s poetry brilliantly evokes the power that resides in a daughter’s enduring love for her father” (Kim Fahner, CBRA).


At the launch of “The Eternities”